DEFRA reviews National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Published: 07 Nov 2018

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) seeks views and opinions in a public Consultation on how the country's most cherished landscapes can be enhanced for the future generations, as a part of an independent review of the National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The scope of that Consultation is to provide information to DEFRA about "what makes National Parks and AONBs special to you", with a possibility to attach a picture of such area (copyrights apply) which would sum up what is special about the designated landscapes.

It also aims to explore how access to such areas could be improved, including public transport, how local communities can be supported better and ways to improve habitats for wildlife.

The Environment Secretary, Michael Gove said: "We want to ensure the people who live, work and visit these cherished places have a say in their future. As we look afresh at these precious landscapes, I look forward to hearing from everyone who shares an interest in conserving and enhancing them for the next generation."

The Consultation also considers proposals to expand such areas, with possibilities of introducing new National Parks or AONBs.

Responding to this consultation

The Consultation runs from 20 October 2018 until 18 December 2018.

The way to respond is by completing an online survey on DEFRA's website.

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